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Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath

I am a 31 yr old female, I have been slightly asthmatic since I was about 10 yrs old... This last year and a half I have been quite stressed due to problems at work and was signed off... I then left my job and have put on a considerable amount of weight... I fluctuated between 11 and 12 stone for many years and now weigh about 16 stone... I am not happy about this at all but just don't seem to be able to shift the weight, I feel like I have ballooned and have no control over it. At Christmas I had pneumonia and now I am experiencing shortness of breath and pains in my chest on both sides. The pains go from front to back, my chest feels tight and heavy and it feels uncomfortable to swallow food. I seem to belch a lot and get acid reflux. I am also experiencing a lot of cramps, numbness and tingling in my arms and hands and sometimes this extends to my legs and feet but I don't know if it's related. Any ideas?
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Hello and welcome to the community.

You really need to see your doctor.  There are so many things that could be going on.  Asthma seems to be a likely cause of some of your symptoms, but not all.  The cramps, numbness and tingling in your limbs really needs testing and evaluation.  

Please let us know what the doctor says.

Take care.
God bless.
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Thanks... I did make a drs appointment for last week but I cancelled it... I just hate going and knowing something isn't right... and then the dr makes you feel like you've wasted their time. I should make another appointment.
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This is something you can do yourself to control your symptoms.The extra oxygen going into your lungs, will help to control the asthma. Start doing the pranayam, and let me know how much you can do after 9 days, then I will tell you more exercises to control the weight.
Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Kapalbhati pranayam -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.
Anulom Vilom pranayam –
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril  
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril  
then -keeping the left nostril closed  deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 15 to 30  minutes twice a day.
Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
May 27, 2011
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